Vantage expands footprint in Ashburn and Silicon Valley
This month, has the expansion of two of its data centre campuses in the world’s two largest data centre markets. In response to rising customer demand across the American tech sector, Vantage is building a new facility in its Ashburn, Virginia campus and has begun construction on a three data centre campus near its existing flagship facility in the heart of Silicon Valley.
The two new data centres will add a combined total of 68MW of data centre capacity to the company’s footprint, in a bid to meet growing industry demand for hyperscale colocation solutions.
The first facility is located in Ashburn’s Data Centre Alley, the world’s most-heavily saturated data centre market. The new data centre, VA12, is the second of five planned facilities under construction at Vantage’s Ashburn campus. When all five are completed, the 42 acre facility will have a total capacity of 146MW spread across more than 1mn square feet of real estate.
VA12 itself will add 32MW of IT capacity and occupy more than 250,000 square feet of space. The facility is scheduled to come online in Q1 2021.
In California, Vantage is beginning construction on a second data centre campus located in Santa Clara, near the heart of Silicon Valley. The new campus, upon completion, will comprise three facilities with a total IT load capacity of 77MW.
The first facility, CA12, will have a total IT capacity of 32MW and is expected to begin operations in the second half of next year.
The new campus is located nine miles from Vantage’s flagship Silicon Valley facility - which the company claims as the largest LEED-certified data centre campus in North America - and, upon completion, the two locations will have a combined IT capacity of 154MW spread across nine data centre facilities.
“Vantage continues to experience a heightened global demand for hyperscale data center services,” said Centres. “Because our customers want to grow with us across multiple markets, we continue to develop sustainable, state-of-the-art facilities across our portfolio, including in the world’s top data centre markets.”
The ongoing expansion of Vantage’s infrastructure was catalysed in the first quarter of the year, when the company announced a $2bn European expansion with the acquisition of Etix Everywhere, several additional facilities in Germany, Italy, Poland and Switzerland, and - in Q3 2019, the purchase of the Next Generation Data campus, the largest facility of its kind in the European market.
Schneider Electric reveals new IT Innovation report
Schneider Electric has released a new IT innovations report titled “Digital Economy and Climate Impact”, with the aim of gaining an understanding of how digitised and smart applications will be powered in the future. The company says that the report predicts that IT sector-related electricity demand is expected to increase by almost 50% by 2030.
Despite this, the report also shows that emissions would not increase by more than 26% by the same year, following the decarbonisation of the electricity system. In an attempt to reduce this rise in emissions the Schneider Electric TM Sustainability Research Institute recommends continued efforts in achieving efficiencies on the IT and energy sides at both the component and system levels.
The report highlights how the rise of edge computing technologies require a “specific focus” due to these systems being less efficient than hyperscale data centres. “When the world locked down, it also logged on and internet traffic soared,” said Pankaj Sharma, EVP, Secure Power, Schneider Electric.
“It’s misleading to assume that digital activity will inevitably result in a deeply problematic increase in CO2 emissions. The analysis from the Schneider Electric Sustainability Institute puts to rest many of the worst-case scenario claims predicting IT-related electricity use will double every five years. That said, as an industry, we must remain vigilant in finding new sources of sustainability gains while ensuring resiliency as digital keeps life moving forward”, he added.
As well as the release of the report, Schneider Electric also announced several updates to its EcoStruxure IT data center infrastructure management software, Galaxy VL 3-phase uninterruptable power supply (UPS), introducing an industry-leading single-phase UPS, the APC™ Smart-UPS™ Ultra. All introductions are designed to advance the industry forward in meeting sustainability goals while increasing the resiliency of IT and data centre infrastructure, the company said.
Managing hybrid data center and edge IT environments
Also showcased in Schneider Electric’s report are the increasing demands on digital consumption. According to the company, these create a more complex hybrid environment inclusive of enterprise, cloud, and edge data centres. Addressing the unique management challenges of a hybrid IT environment, Schneider Electric has announced updates to its EcoStruxure IT software to increase efficiency and resiliency, including:
- Increased remote management capabilities: New granular remote device configuration features enable users to change configurations on one or more devices – including the new Galaxy VL and APC Smart-UPS Ultra single-phase UPS units – from one centralised platform with EcoStruxure IT Expert. This update, combined with previously released software insights on device security health, enables the user to identify faulty devices or configurations and address them in a matter of clicks, keeping their hybrid IT environment secure.
- Improved environmental monitoring: Environmental monitoring systems ensure users have eyes and ears on data centre and IT deployments from anywhere, anytime. With this update, users can push mass configurations remotely for NetBotz cameras 750 and 755 quickly and efficiently increasing security across the critical infrastructure.
- Enhanced remote capacity modeling and planning: With EcoStruxure IT Advisor’s new capabilities, users can remotely compare an unlimited number of racks and easily identify available capacity, view what assets are deployed and their dependencies.
Sharma concluded: “Schneider Electric has been focused on sustainability for the past 15 years and was recently named the most sustainable corporation in the world. We have embraced the mindset that future innovation will deliver better efficiency across the broader connectivity landscape. By making smart intentional choices, our industry can help mitigate how much electricity and emissions result from the rising appetite for digital technologies”.